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US instructors train IS militants to fight Syrian Army – reconciliation center

December 16, 2017, 9:04 UTC+3

According to Russia’s center for reconciliation of the warring parties, the U.S. instructors tie up separate groups of militants at a training center new the refugee camp into new military units

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MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. Instructors from the U.S. are training at a center by the refugee camp in Syria the militants’ new units, called the New Syrian Army, which after the training will be relocated to Syria’s southern districts to fight the governmental forces there, Russia’s center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said on Saturday.

“Despite the statements from the American side about its adherence to elimination of the IS terrorist organization (Islamic State, outlawed in Russia - TASS), the “International Coalition” continues cooperating with the remaining terrorists in Syria. <…> The U.S. instructors of the Special Operations Command tie up separate groups of militants at a training center new the refugee camp into new military units, called the New Syrian Army. The U.S. instructors, according to refugees returning home, are saying after the training the new units would be relocated to Syria’s south to fight the Syrian governmental forces there,” the center said.

“According to refugees returning home, the international coalition has been using that camp for more than six months as a training base for militants, who come there from Syria’s various districts. Most militants, the locals from the refugees camp say, used to be members of the terrorist groups, destroyed by the Syrian governmental forces – IS and Jabhat Al-Nusra. As of today, at the camp are about 750 militants, who have come from Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Abu Kamal and the Euphrates’ eastern areas. The grouping’s base are more than 400 IS terrorists, who with support from the U.S. fled Raqqa in a convoy in October,” the center said.

According to the center, the refugee camp is 20km northeast of al-Shaddadi, the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

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